According to The Guardian, Mourinho will attempt to lure Rooney away from Old Trafford with a third bid after his two previous attempts were rebuked by David Moyes.
“You try, because nobody forbids you to try. When you think that you'd like to have one player and the market is open and the official bids are not forbidden, official bids are always accepted in an ethical way,” the Portuguese manager said, per The Guardian.
Football has begun across Europe, and all of the top teams are still jockeying for some of the top potentially available players as the September 2 transfer window deadline approaches. Mourinho is smart to try to do everything in his power to return Chelsea to the top of the league, but there comes a time when it’s best to move on and count your blessings.
This is that time for the aggressive manager.
While garnering a threat like Rooney would certainly help bolster his club’s attack, the Stamford Bridge side has plenty to be happy about with its current players in that are: Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba.
Still, Mourinho insists that adding another potent scorer to the fold would help his club. “We have Plans B and C,” in the event Rooney remains at United, he said, according to Yahoo! Sport. If that’s the case and he’s that determined to make a move, he should focus all of his efforts on those tertiary plans. The closer we get to the deadline, the less likely his quest to land Rooney will become.
It’s interesting that the manager would explore the Bundesliga striker as a backup plan as he’s one of the best young footballers in Europe. Although, bringing him to Stamford Bridge could be difficult with the striker seemingly desperate to move to Bayern Munich.
Once the deadline passes, Mourinho will be left with regret if he continues his pursuit of Rooney too long and misses out on real opportunities to land a player like Lewandowski. It’s time to move on from his fixation on Rooney and polish off his side by adding another key piece before it’s too late.